Award-winning Portuguese singer Ricardo Ribeiro brings Fado, the soul-stirring music of the streets of Lisbon. With a powerful voice and an astounding emotional range, Ricardo Ribeiro is one of the luminaries of modern Fado. He has performed in innumerable countries worldwide, and has garnered recognition from the press, his peers and audiences for his total commitment to Fado, Portugal's most emblematic and mysterious music.
Ribeiro’s studio recordings reflect his pure joy at performing a music that demands adherence to tradition, but—paradoxically—values improvisation and individuality of expression just as highly. His four album-length Fado releases—Ricardo Ribeiro (2004), Porta do Coração (2010), Largo da Memória (2013) and Hoje é assim, amanhã não sei (2016) have been deeply influential among the Fado community, as well as achieving immense acclaim in Portugal and abroad. His recorded output demonstrates his command of the full spectrum of Fado’s expressive potential, from the unbridled passion of “Água Louca da Ribeira”, to songs of love and loss such as “Não Rias” and “De Loucura em Loucura”, to tales of hard-edged life in Lisbon’s darkest quarters (“Fama de Alfama”). Taken together, his work offers a glimpse into the meaning of that most enigmatic of Portuguese words, saudade: a feeling of happiness that brings sadness, and sadness that brings happiness.
When performing, Ribeiro is a protean talent. He continues to perform not only in high-profile venues throughout the world, but also in the taverns and Fado houses that are Fado’s strongest ties to its more than 200-year-old history. His praise from his peers, including stars such as Ana Moura, Mariza, Camané and Gisela João, is unqualified, paying tribute to his artistry, his devotion to Fado, to the joy he brings to life, and—above all—to his voice.
In 2018 Ricardo toured in Portugal as well as abroad: Iran, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, USA, France, Spain, Finland and Austria were some of the countries where Ricardo has captured the audiences.
In November, 2018, the musician receives the “Mais Música” award, from the Revista Alentejo magazine.
On the same month, Ricardo Ribeiro and Rabih Abou-Khalil joined the Portuguese presence at Fil Guadalajara, Mexico. The musicians, along with the Orchestra of Jalisco, took to the Placido Domingo concert room at Conjunto de Artes Escénicas the “Toada de Portalegre”, a poem by the Portuguese poet José Régio with music by Rabih Abou-Khalil. Along with Ricardo and Rabih, “Toada” was also performed by the percussionist Jarrod Cagwin, and conducted by maestro Jan Wierzba. The audience was delighted having the chance to listen to this Portuguese masterpiece, translated to Spanish.
This April, Ribeiro surprised us with a new record: “Respeitosa Mente” (2019), where he shows a new side of him. He brings us a different sound, a work totally different from Fado music he has been giving us until now, but just the same a wonderful record, with magnificent music and poetry.
In this new work, Ricardo Ribeiro joined Portuguese jazz piano player João Paulo Esteves da Silva and North American percussionist Jarrod Cagwin. Together they create a range of magnificent songs where Ribeiro’s voice is as powerful and breathtaking as ever.